Harpoon, The Whale – Interview

Interview with Kaleb Richey Vocals/Guitar for Harpoon, The Whale and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

KR: Harpoon, the Whale is a Pop-punk/Emo band from Laramie, Wyoming


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

KR: My name is Kaleb Richey, I play guitar and sing for Harpoon, the Whale. Harpoon, the Whale started in 2012 as a group of old college buddies who happened to all be living in the same town. Since then, it’s turned into a Laramie WY super group with multiple albums and tours extending out to the Northwest.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

KR: I feel like right now it’d be inappropriate for me not to mention the band Tigers Jaw. I’ve been listening to them non-stop for the last 3-4 years and I love their story. I gotta say for guitar specifically I’m trying to take influence from Moray Pringle, that guy is just incredible. If you’re into G3 or shreddy guitar music, check him out. As for non-musical influences, we’re all a huge fan of Steve Brule (John C. Reilly).


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

KR: Right now our goal as a band is to finally play a show in Denver, Colorado! It’s only a 2 hour drive from Laramie and we’ve never booked anything there the whole 10 years we’ve been a band. We’re coming for you in 2023 Denver!!


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

KR: I’m actually the songwriter in the band! Most of the songs are about coping with anxiety or how anxiety is affecting relationships.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

KR: The past few years we’ve been mostly playing small Wyoming towns. I feel like word of mouth travels quick in towns like Meeteetse and Lander! We mostly do online promotions and try to keep working on small projectsas often as we can.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

KR: I haven’t downloaded music since 2010 probably. I really miss those days when we’d brag about how big our music library was.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

KR: Dead Men Tell no Tales by The Receiving End of Sirens

Their 3 vocalists are just so great. I love all the vocal parts and how they work together.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

KR: Windy winter Wyoming days, this glitch my computer monitors have, and when people eat very loudly.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

KR: Honestly, my most memorable moment in music was when I saw “Weird Al” Yankovic  live when I was in the 5th grade. I started too big and never got back to that same point again.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

KR: We just released an album this last October and are currently working on a Christmas Special set to release December 19th!


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?

KR: You can stream our music off any major platform including Spotify and Apple Music and you can get our limited edition compact disc off bandcamp at – Latest Album

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